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Walking around the board

Discussion started by Susan Simmons 3 years ago
I know this sounds REALLY stupid. Does anybody have any tips for walking around on the board on flat water? I'm trying to learn where I can and can't stand so i can figure out how to pull a 180 degree turn. My feet just seem to be glued to the center of the board. Thanks!
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Rob Casey
Rob Casey
Not stupid, many feel glued to the board not wanting to take an accidental dip. Begin by keeping your paddle in the water. Take tiny heel to toe steps forward then back. if forward - paddle forward, if back, paddle backwards - the paddle provides stability, making you a tripod of sorts. Start with small steps. Stay loose and breathe!

With practice, you'll be able to be more comfortable moving about. In time, begin to walk towards the nose and the tail (paddling while doing so). To do that 180 degree turn, first put one foot behind other in a staggered position or 'surfer's stance', but both feet facing towards the nose. Just one foot back from the center will be enough to raise the nose a bit. Take sweep strokes (big sweeping arc forward or back) to turn the board. Try to do a 360. If comfortable, move both feet back a bit, then once again place one (your most comfortable foot) behind the other facing forward. Take another sweep stroke. Keep moving back til the nose rises out of the water. When the board begins to tilt a bit, get low! Squat - staying low and keep the blade in the water 100% using sweep strokes to turn and also stabilize you. If you remove the blade you'll swim. Work it back in fourth in the water slide it forward and reverse (practice slicing the blade through the water both directions without removing it out). Practice, practice. Be willing to fall in, once you do so you can relax about getting wet again!

the pivot turn is great balance practice and you'll get more waves surfing. once you have it more or less solid on flat water practice it in rough water, in waves, moving current, etc. doing so will benefit the rest of your paddling especially in rough water. try walking to the nose raising the tail out, then do a 360. cheers.
3 years ago
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
No worries ladies - now you're ready to style thing up! Hope it's not getting too cold over there - boardshort weather in Taiwan : )
3 years ago
Susan Simmons
Susan Simmons
Thank you Evelyn and Neil. I really appreciate all the advice and links. If Mission Bay isn't too cold this winter, maybe I can get my board out and try these things. I'm just not ready to hang it up for the winter!
3 years ago
Evelyn O'Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty
Thanks Neil, I liked the foot footage on this link & her direction on where your weight should be. Susan, when I started trying to move my feet on the board, I began by just thinking about UN-weighting my back leg,not even moving it, just so I could get the feel of how the board would respond when I picked up that back foot. A lot of people told me to just walk off the front of the board, but I think learning to cross step or even just move with CONTROL is more important. Just be ready to fall in and have some fun with it!
3 years ago
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
Hi Susan - try this link as well -
3 years ago
Susan Simmons
Susan Simmons
Thanks, Alex. I'm looking forward to it. I've looked, too, but there's so many!
3 years ago
Alex Mauer
Alex Mauer
Check the SUP connect videos! I think there is a video that teaches you how to do a walking 360 on flat water! I will look for it and post the link!
3 years ago
Jenn Conner Steff
Jenn Conner Steff
I love Erin's response. Don't be afraid to get wet! I'm working on the same thing Susan. Learning to do those 180's is tough but it's all about practice and spending time on the board.
3 years ago
Erin Blunt Robbins
Erin Blunt Robbins
I think it's just practice like everything else, and don't be afraid to get wet in the beginning! ;-)
3 years ago
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
Neil 'Moonwalker' Armstrong
Hey Susan, no such thing as stupid questions! Except maybe, "Is SUP fun?" ;)
Ok, for walking - ideally you want to be able to cross-step (putting one foot in front of the other - reverse that to go backwards, no shuffling!), just like longboard surfers as they walk from the back of the board to the nose - and ideally back again. This is the stylish way to do it.
A good way to practice on dry land is to simply 'cross-step' along a straight line (ie: tape) on the ground. Or even better, if you have low posts or beams anywhere, practice on those.
So for when you're on you SUP - if your normal stance sees you on the back 1/3 of the board simply take one or two steps back, put more pressure on your back foot than your front (the nose of your board should lift a little) and simply paddle from whichever side is more comfortable.
Your board will start to turn. Basically the further back you are on your board, the higher the nose will be and the faster you'll turn. When you start to get the hang of this you'll be able to turn faster and with good balance.
Good luck!
3 years ago

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